The No. 17-ranked Raven Men's Basketball team closed out the first half of their conference schedule with a solid win on Wednesday night.
Benedictine (11-6, 8-5 Heart) connected on 12 3-pointers en route to a 81-53 win over Culver-Stockton College (1-16, 0-13 Heart).
For the second time in three games, the Ravens finished with single-digit turnovers as they committed a season low seven. They forced Culver into 12 which allowed them to finish with a 17-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
After Culver scored the first basket of the night, Benedictine answered with a 24-6 run that erased the early deficit and pushed the Ravens into the lead, 24-6, near the midpoint of the first half.
Benedictine used a 53.1 percent effort from the floor in the first half combined with a defensive effort that limited Culver-Stockton to 0 for 8 from beyond the 3-point arc to take a 45-27 lead into halftime.
Culver-Stockton made 10 second-half field goals, but Benedictine proved to be too much for the Wildcats as the Ravens led by over 20 points for the entire second half.
Benedictine added six more 3-pointers in the second half to finish the game with 12 marking the third time in their last five games where they've finished with 10 or more.
Jake Schannuth tied his season high for 3-pointers, as he finished the night 6 for 8 from beyond the arc to score a game high 18 points. Andre Yates added 13 while Adam Kutney and VeQuan Clark finished with 10 points each. Clark anchored a Raven bench-scoring effort that finished with 30 points on the night.
Benedictine remains at home for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday against Graceland University as they start off the second half of the Heart schedule. The Ravens and the Yellowjackets needed double overtime back on Nov. 16 to decide their first meeting. Benedictine earned the win, 95-92.